A woman has called a rough sleeper ‘fake’ after filming him apparently watching TV on a tablet while begging in central London.
He was asking for cash outside a McDonald’s in Charing Cross last week while wrapped in a sleeping bag, but the student who witnessed him said he had two tablet computers and a phone on him.
She she didn’t believe he was ‘a real homeless person’ because he was well-off enough to have the electronic items.
The video appears to show the man sitting on the street behind a begging cup, while covered with a sleeping bag.
The onlooker said he was hiding a tablet computer under his blanket, and it could only be seen when she viewed him from inside a McDonald’s.
She said: ‘He had two tablets and one phone and was chilling on the streets with a beer and also begging.
‘There are many people who give their hard earned money to these fake beggars.
‘It was around 10pm and he was sitting outside. I just saw him sitting there with the screen on.
The beggar can be seen looking at a mobile device – the person who made the video claims he was watching TV (Picture: SWNS)‘He had two cups – one asking for tips and the other he was drinking from. But very secretly he had the screen covered up with his blanket so that people couldn’t see what he was up to.’
She added: ‘He isn’t a real homeless person – he’s rich enough to have a tablet. I wanted to go out there and confront him to be honest.
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‘I saw people giving him money and food and also saw another person who came and gave him his money.’
In the clip the young man appears to be watching a video, and the icons on the screen look similar to those on the YouTube app.
The student claimed she was going to take a meal to the beggar until she noticed him watching the device (Picture: SWNS)